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Questions tagged [tools]

Tools include any physical devices or artifacts used in the writing process, as well as software tools (which should additionally include the Software tag). For questions regarding process, methodology, or organization, use the Technique tag.

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Does IDE-like writers' software exist?

This question is somewhat inspired by Is there a need for better software for writers? I'm currently using Google Docs for writing, and it's a great tool: simple enough, has some nice features, cloud-...
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Writing Software: Is anything (like an IDE) to convert technical writing into audio scripts?

I have an IDE-related question about software that can assist writers -- Is there a tool to (easily) turn technical writing into a narration script? IDE = Integrated Development Environment -- ...
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Is there a need for better software for writers?

Software developers don't ever work in text editors, instead they use IDEs (integrated development environments) full of code assistance tools, etc. Why don't writers use similarly advanced writing ...
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Is there any checklist for blog post before publishing it?

The Context: I often write through a blog platform. However, sometimes I feel that the content is too long and deep and sometimes I feel the content is written only on a surface-level about a topic. I ...
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How can we make images with (necessary) text more translatable mechanically?

Our documentation set includes some diagrams, such as entity relationship diagrams and flowcharts, where text is integral and cannot reasonably be handled in callouts. Our documentation is translated ...
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Podcast Transcripts: suggested collaborative tools?

I love accessibility, so any show that is 100% scripted, my script = the transcript, and I'm happy to share it. For podcasts with a cohost, there's no easy transcription software, and fiverr is ...
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When blogging recipes, how can I support both readers who want the narrative/journey and ones who want the printer-friendly recipe?

Increasingly often, if you Google for a recipe your search results will be full of long, image-rich blog posts that, somewhere in there, have the actual recipe you were looking for. Many of these ...
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Adding tags to documentation built in Flare?

Our software documentation set (for a SQL analytics database platform) is large, because SQL and databases have many pieces. Often a single statement, function, or feature will be highly related to a ...
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Autocapitalize after colon for dialog?

I write my dialog in this format: Joe: Why are you wearing a shoe on your head? Sam: Mind your own damn business! What's annoying here is that it doesn't automatically capitalize the word following ...
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How can I highlight changes in HTML output from Flare, based on branch diff?

We use Madcap Flare for a large documentation set, with HTML output. (Flare source is a very HTML-y XML with some Flare-specific additions.) We use git for source control and new work is done on ...
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How to do a global find and replace in Ulysses

I use Ulysses 15 for my writing. The tool has a robust global search but, to my knowledge, it does not provide a replace function (only the sheet search has a "find and replace" function). Does ...
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Tool for editing dialogue of each character

I would like to edit all of the dialogue of a specific character in my book. Then I want to repeat this for other characters. I think this would help to give each of them a unique voice. Of course I ...
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Scansion tool for checking my meter

Are there any software tools available that will help me dissect my meter? I have always been extremely poor at scansion and while my writing doesn't suffer terribly for it, it makes writing strict ...
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Mariner Software for writers

I'm boring and just use Word and Excel for writing my novel and keeping track of stuff. I've tried a couple others, including Scrivener and Evernote, but never got into it. I like the idea of ...
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Map-making software

I'm looking for free software, preferably open-source, that would allow me to create maps for my story. I guess what I need is a tool that would allow some measure of 3D modeling. Features I would ...
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Nanowrimo and typewriting

I am a happy user of an Underwood 5, an old typewriter from the beginning of the XX century. I use it to type letters, short stories, greeting cards, and labels. I am now planning to try and type ...
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How to prevent fountain pen ink from evaporating during winter months?

While using a fountain pen, I noticed that the ink dries up much faster during the winter. I read that it is because of home heaters, which dry up moisture in air and hence causes the ink to evaporate....
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Creating and keeping track of characters

I admit to finding this an insurmountable task. My novel has dozens of characters. My first problem wasn't keeping track of them, but creating them. Modern Day: My 20th century characters were ...
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How to identify paper which will blot fountain pen ink?

These days, with fewer people using a fountain pen to write, many notebooks/paper you find blotting the ink. If I am at a store and contemplating to buy a notebook or writing/printing paper, how can ...
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How can I keep dialogue attached to character names in a Pages play script?

I'm formatting a play using Pages on macOS. I cannot figure out how to get character names to be associated with their dialogue. I'm formatting like [centered] JOHN [\centered] Yes, that’s me. ...
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How best to recover from catastrophic text loss?

This morning I had an accidental select all delete followed by auto save, which prevented me from just hitting undo. My novel became an empty file. I use MS Word. I had emailed a copy of it a few ...
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How to change gears with changing technology?

My tablet/notepad recently died. I can't afford a new one. So I basically have to use my phone to write, which I'm not comfortable with. I now have writer's block because I don't enjoy writing on ...
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Comparing writing style and clarity of instructional language [closed]

Background: I am comparing a historic set of procedural instructions for the same action see mini-corpus below (1770-now). I have noticed that almost all are in the active voice but the older ones ...
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Topic-based authoring vs. Modular authoring

What is the difference between "topic-based authoring" and "modular authoring"? As I know, there are two well-known authoring approaches: Narrative authoring; Topic-based authoring (see link above). ...
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How can you start writing multi-author collaborative book?

We are a group of people who want to write collaborative a book, but since we are based in different locations, how can we go on with our writing? Can you suggest a writing tool that might help us ...
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how to access Android 7.1.1 libmedia.so [closed]

i develop one application i required load in application libmedia.so file in android up to 6.0 works perfectly but Android 7.1.1 not load libmedia.so file in my application how to load libmeida.so ...
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What software can I use to synchronize corrections and modifications over similar documents?

I'm currently working on a large thesis, from which I derive some smaller publications such as papers. The work is in parallel. Often it happens that I copy some paragraphs from the thesis into a ...
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Editing tools on the go

I've just started editing my novel. For the drafting I had done most of the work on a phone, as I wanted to make the most of the daily commute. This worked well enough and the first rough draft is ...
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Tools for organising anthologies

I'm looking for software or markup/markdown based tools for organising anthologies selected from a large number of short pieces of writing. In this case it's poems, but the content of the individual ...
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Technical review process when using FrameMaker

I'm an engineer. At my company, engineers seem to spend a lot of time reviewing technical documentation written by people who work in different offices and time zones. Part of the reason we spend so ...
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What editor can I use for world building that has a tree-like structure for my files?

I'm looking for a simple editor to start getting into world building and story writing which is working out fine in Microsoft Word. However, I'm finding it difficult to continue without any structure. ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

When I plot my own novels or analyze other works to understand their structure, I like to visualize the dynamic of the storyline(s) in a diagram. Usually I draw this by hand. A first version of such ...
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How do I program a game for an ereader? [closed]

I have a question that relates to this one: I want to write a Choose Your Own Adventure styled e-book, what's a good approach? I have made CYOA games in various programming languages. Now I want ...
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Are there tools/software for planning your story using nested mindmaps and references to characters?

I've been looking for a certain piece of software for a long time, but I never quite found something that matches what I need. I'm a very visually oriented guy, the best way for me to keep track of ...
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Search and replace words across whole project?

I'm still new to articy:draft and I want to know if it's possible to search and replace words across the whole project. I know searching is possible, but I can't find the replace function, if it's ...
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Is there a tool for determining the number of on in a word for the purpose of writing haiku?

In America at least, Haiku are commonly taught to students as poems having 5, 7, then 5 syllables, when in actuality, they have a structure of 5, 7, then 5 on. The NaHaiWriMo site explains what an on ...
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Series tracking

I have a series with most characters appearing in every book. I have been tracking all character info in excel, but the age tracking is becoming too complicated so I'm seeking software that can ...
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Which free text analysis tools do authors use?

I'm looking for free tools to perform some text analysis. I don't want just simple Flesch-Kinvaid or Coleman-Liau score, I was hoping for a tool that identifies problem sentences, overused words, etc....
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Linking documentation to Git commit comments

Using git to track modifications to the project allows contributors to include comments with each commit. If the project's guidelines, and managers' control, keeps those comments limited to a format ...
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Where can I find resources about writing “Choose your own adventure”-style books?

I have read/played a couple of "Choose your own adventure"-style book and am interested in the process of creating one. Where can I find (preferrably free) online resources, such as How-To-Write or ...
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What is the status of Sandcastle and are there alternatives?

Wikipedia currently lists the Development Status of the Sandcastle documentation generation software as "Stalled," citing the lack of recent releases. (There's actually contradictory information on ...
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Our team needs to automate many routine tasks. Can we use a single tool or do we need to use multiple ones?

Our tech comm team has a wide variety of time-consuming, repetitive tasks they we need to automate. We are mainly using Sphinx, reStructuredText, Adobe Illustrator, and Visio. Specific things we need ...
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How can we make reviewing HTML documentation easier?

Summary: I'm looking for a way for reviewers to comment collaboratively as close to "inline" as possible on a large HTML project. The problem in detail I work on a team that documents a large ...
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Limitations of automatic documentation

As technology advances and workflows are streamlined, some have turned to automated tools such as Doxygen, Sphinx, Swagger, etc. in order to generate technical documentation automatically. What are ...
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Are there tools that can aid an author in writing a branching storyline?

I would like to know whether there are any tools that would help an author write a branching storyline. Usecases may for example be: campaigns for Pen and Paper games visual novels Choose Your Own ...
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Collaborative Online Markdown Editor, any suggestion?

I am searching for a Markdown Editor that has these features: Works online & offline Real-time collaboratiion (just like Google Docs) Live preview Commenting feature WYSIWYG controls Thanks in ...
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WYSIWYG-type editor for dialog?

I'm writing dialog for my game in a format kind of similar to screenwriting. I have dialog, mixed with a little "action", like this: John: Can you pass me the salt? Sally: Sure! ACTION: Sally ...
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Searching for character relation map software

I've started working on a project and wanted to keep all my characters and their relationships well organised. I'm already using TiddlyWiki to archive all the ideas about the world and its ...
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Open source writing software with version control

I was wondering if there were any open source (free also works) writing software that includes version control (e.g. git). I'm thinking of writing my own but I don't want to create something that ...
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What paper stock should I use for the soft cover of my book?

I do soft cover books and laminate the top side, and therein lies the problem. The cover keeps curling up too much. I have tried Ningbo 350gsm which works perfect except that now it's too stiff and ...